Mirage Aircraft for
Third annual "year in review"...
November 28th, 2002. Today Mirage Aircraft for Flight Simulator is
three years old. This website, and interest in the subject, has been
kept alive for three years now due to a regular flow of new aircraft, repaints,
panels, and scenery. My sincere thanks to all the designers and repainters
out there who have made this possible by sharing their creations and their
interest in Mirage aircraft with the rest of us. And thanks also to those
who have written to point out items I've overlooked.
The website got its own URL this past year. For those who may not have
realized this, it's now http://www.mirage4fs.com. In May I had the
crazy idea to promote the website by making screenshots of Kirk Olsson's unreleased
Mirage F1 available. So I sent notices to the major portals (avsim, simflight,
etc.). Here is the avsim.com announcement...
New Mirage F1 Touted|
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 14:32
Frank Safranek, developer of the quality Mirage Aircraft for Flight Simulator website,
tells AVSIM there is an update on the way by Mirage F1 developer Kirk Olsson. "Kirk plans to
release his new Mirage F1 in two versions," Safranek notes. "First as a single air superiority blue/
gray painted F1C with default sounds (for reduced download size). The follow-on full package will
include three Mirage F1's ... each with a different paint scheme and multiple weapons loadouts. To
take a look at some of the pre-release screenshots of Olsson's latest work, just click here.
Then I went out of town for a few days -- a big mistake in hindsight. Little did
I realize just how hungry folks are for news. The number of visitors multiplied
several times for a couple of days and with so many images to view, I got a bill for $59
to cover bandwidth overusage -- Ouch! I decided to move the website to a
friendlier host and in the process it got its own URL.
We ended last year with just over 100 aircraft on these pages. This past
year there are over
80 more. I wish the Stock Market had done that
well. It's been quite a year and I hope my description below doesn't get
too long winded. I've thrown in some images to break it up.
So where did all these new aircraft come from? Well, a lot of folks have been very busy.
As you can see in the table above, the bulk of new releases have been in the Mirage III
category. At the beginning of this past year Jason Ashworh released his Mirage
IIICZ. This is a really beautiful aircraft capturing the lines of the Mirage very
well. This was followed but his Mirage IIIEZ in SAAF camouflage colors. Jason
produced several variations of his Mirage IIIE at the request of repainters. Not all
them have been made public yet. This assortment of available versions have resulted
in repaints by Osvaldo Martinetti, Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira, Alexandre Cadel,
Y-Raymond, Ricardo Ruffa, Daniel Leary, Alexandru Bucur, and Barry Magann.
Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira began producing new Mirage and Mirage variations
at a very fast rate beginning with their two seat Mirage IIIDBR in May. This was
followed by several variations (weapons loads) of the Mirage IIIEBR and a new Mirage IIIS
and IIIRS. Repaints of these included the work of Denis and Daniel themselves,
Jens-Ole Kjølberg and Ricardo Ruffa.
In the "Other" Mirage category Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira were the main
contributors by releasing three new aircraft. These included an IAI Dagger,
an IAI Kfir C2, and a Denel Cheetah C. Repaints of these have been released
by Jens-Ole Kjølberg, T. Sima, Ricardo Ruffa, and Bernhard Behle.
The Mirage 5 and 50 received the attention of Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira
as well. They released examples of both versions of the Mirage 5 flown by the Force
Aerieanne Belge, the 5BA attack version and the 5BR reconnaissance version. Many
of the real aircraft were sold to the Fuerza Aérea de Chile and upgraded. These
upgraded versions and the Mirage 50 versions flown by the Fuerza Aérea Venezolana and
the Fuerza Aérea de Chile have been modeled as well. With repainting by Ricardo
Ruffa, there is now very good coverage of the Mirage aircraft flown by South American countries.
We've also gotten some new releases for CFS2 this past year; starting with
the very nice Mirage IIIB by Colin Norwood of
Alpha Simulations and then some Rafale modifications at the beginning of
the year by Scott Kiefer (very cool two-seat Rafale B). Recently we're
seen some armament packages by Chuck Dyer for the Denis and Daniel da
Silva Oliveira Mirage IIIEBR and by Ernest Lavendure for their modified
Oxyd Mirage 2000. With a little work, these Mirage III packages can be
applied to the Mirage IIICZ and IIIEZ releases of Jason Ashworth. Also,
Phil Perrot of Alpha Simulations has made available three CFS2 ready Mirage
aircraft as freeware this past year; their original Mirage IIIB-RV, and their Mirage
IVA and Mirage IVP. Most recently Jason Ashworth released a Mirage IIIEZ
with JL100 rocket pod/fuel tanks that I have converted for use in both FS2002 and CFS2.
There were no new Mirage 2000 this past year but Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira
modified the Mirage 2000 of Oxyd to represent a two-seat trainer Mirage 2000B with various
armament loads. Similar modifications were made for the original single seat version
also. This in turn led to repaints by Jens-Ole Kjølberg, Y-Raymond,
and Philippe Magnier.
Two truely awesome Mirage packages were released for FS2002 this past summer.
The first was the already mentioned Mirage F1 by Kirk Olsson. This was
a complete rebuild of his FS2000 version and came in two versions. The first
release was of an F1C-200 and included three weapons loadouts. The second
release added the F1CR and included markings for three different aircraft, several
weapons loadouts, and a set of custom sounds. This was followed by a two-seater
F1B trainer version that included several weapons loads including a couple clean versions
in hopes that the CFS2 crowd will produce some modern French weapons sets.
Between the two Mirage F1 releases, another truely outstanding aircraft was released by
Romain Lucas. The aircraft was the Mirage 4000 and was a first in a couple
of ways. It was the first Mirage aircraft made for Flight Simulator using GMax.
It also boasted the first interceptor radar for Flight Simulator (or Combat Flight
Simulator) thanks to the outstanding gauge programming of Eric Marciano.
I'm proud to say that I was able to play a role in this aircraft by bringing Romain
and Eric together for this venture. A truely outstanding aircraft was the result.
There have been several new instrument panels released this year beginning with a Mirage
IIIB panel by Thinus Pretorius based on photographs of the Mirage IIIBZ.
Another was the earlier mentioned Mirage 4000 panel by Romain Lucas and Eric
Marciano. It is outstanding. None of Kirk Olsson's new Mirage F1 include
a 2D panel. This was a problem for some folks at first but designers saw an
opportunity and filled the void. These include new panels by Eric Marciano,
Pat Grange, and Francis Ponvert.
There was not a lot of scenery activity this past year except that Fabien Prevost
updated his French Air Base sceneries for FS2002. Alexandre Cadel and Christian
Santoni individually released several sceneries for the island of Corsica. Olivier
Bochu updated and released new versions of several of his Freench Riviera sceneries and
Joel Maillot modified his "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier for use in FS2002.
A couple of final notes. I discovered that this website is
linked to from the Dassault Aviation corporate website. That's
very cool. Earlier this year I posted the final article from Michel Gérard.
If you haven't read them but you are interested in Mirage aircraft and/or Flight Simulator,
I know you'll find them interesting. The final few are in
English only but the early ones are also in Michel's native language of
That turned into a long list after all. I hope I didn't overlook anyone.
If I did, you have my apologies. Please
So what's on the horizon?
I've mentioned several upcoming aircraft on the What's New
page. I'll continue to keep you in the loop. Jason Ashworth is working on his own
Cheetah C. I've flown it and it's a really good one. Cyril Pioffet of France
is working on several new GMax built aircraft including the Rafale, Mirage 2000 and Super
Etendard. A new Mirage IV strategic bomber is in the works as well. Chuck Dyson
is working on a modern French weapons package for Kirk Olsson's new Mirage F1 and perhaps
Jason Ashworth's Cheetah and Mirage III. I've started playing with scenery design
and hope to have at least a beta version of Solenzara Air Base released before the end
of the year. I've been sent a lot of photographs from private collections.
I'll be posting them in the next few months as virtual walkarounds. There are plenty
of Mirage aircraft versions out there now. Many opportunities to repaint a version for
every operator. That alone should keep us in new aircraft for a couple more years.
So stand by. If you haven't already done do so, make a
bookmark and be sure and stop by again.
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